As this question mentions, one should say the bracha if the sky lights up, even if one does not see the bolt.

What if one is facing away from the window when lightning strikes and the light fills the room? Does this count as seeing lightning?

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    Did you take a look at the source quoted in the answer on that question to see how broadly it might apply?
    – Isaac Moses
    Jun 26 '13 at 19:24
  • I don't currently have access to it. A link would be helpful.
    – Premundane
    Jun 26 '13 at 20:29
  • Why isn't this a duplicate of the linked question?
    – Daniel
    Jun 26 '13 at 21:47
  • As alluded to by others, the preexisting question already asks about "a bracha on a room illuminated from lightning from behind a curtain", which is similar enough to this that I'm seconding the motion to close.
    – msh210
    Jun 27 '13 at 7:17
  • @msh210 might it make sense to remove the bit about the curtain in that question?
    – Seth J
    Jun 27 '13 at 13:03

Shu"t Tzitz Eliezer (vol 12 siman 21) writes:

אבל גבי ברכת הברק מצינו היפוכו של דבר, דבשום מקום בתלמודין וברמב"ם וטור ושו"ע לא כתוב על זה בלשון הרואה, ומכיון שכן ברור הדבר שלא בעינן בזה שיראה גוף הברק בשמים, וצריך לברך גם כשרואה על הארץ קרני האור של הברק

It would appear from this that even if he only saw it in his room he would say the beracha, and not only if he saw it while looking outside.

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